LaunchPad Program

2017 LaunchPad Artist

Each year, an emerging, unrepresented artist is selected to create a site-specific exhibition at the show. The chosen LaunchPad Artist is featured on the website and through a marketing email to introduce him or her to collectors and media prior to the show.

We are now accepting applications for our 2017 Art Santa Fe Launchpad Artists.

2016 LaunchPad Artist

Stefani Byrd – San Diego, CA

This year’s selected LaunchPad Artist for Art San Diego is Stefani Byrd, whose practice includes video, new media, and interactive technologies. Byrd is most noted for her interactive temporary public art installations, which are hybrids of video and performance art that both disorient and re-orient the viewer. Her current work involves creating interactive and immersive media environments.

Byrd’s most recent project, “The Razor’s Edge”, is a multi-channel video installation shown on individual HD monitors. In each video, performers exhale slowly against an unseen piece of glass, fogging and obscuring their faces in fleeting moments between breaths. As the warm breath touches the glass, the invisible barrier between performer and camera is revealed, dividing space into two sides. An exploration in impermanence and mediation, the work captures the breath, making it visible just long enough to be confronted by both performer and viewer.

Byrd has received grants and support from groups such as: Creative Capital of New York, Flux Projects, the San Diego Art Institute, the San Diego Art Fair, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and Idea Capital. Her work has been featured in such publications and places as the Public Art Review, the Huffington Post, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Hunter Museum of American Art, and Art Papers Magazine. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia and the Columbus Museum of American Art. Her work is also archived as a part of the Public Art Database project.

Byrd received her BFA in Photography from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, in 2008. She is currently a third-year MFA candidate at the University of California San Diego with an emphasis in New Media and Art + Technology. For more on Stefani Byrd, visit her website at

LaunchPad Program
Stefani Byrd | “Feelings Are Overrat'd” (Photographic Print Mounted on Panel) | 2012
LaunchPad Program
Stefani Byrd | “You Sound Funny (When You Smile)” (Interactive Storefront Installation) | 2009

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